Popular in Course
verified elite notetaker
Popular in Business Management
This 15 page Document was uploaded by an elite notetaker on Monday December 21, 2015. The Document belongs to a course at a university taught by a professor in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 25 views.
Reviews for Creating-Alumni--Turning-Former-Employees-into-Brand-Ambassadors
Report this Material
What is Karma?
Karma is the currency of StudySoup.
You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!
Date Created: 12/21/15
CREATING ALUMNI: Turning Former Employees into Brand Ambassadors A PUBLICATION BY: The relationship between employees and employers has changed dramatically in recent ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ balancing the need to attract and retain top talent with the reality that, at any time, there could be a strategic shift in business focus and some employees – even top talent – may be laid off. While turning former employees into supportive alumni has always been a good business practice, with the ability of employees to share their opinions publicly on social media has made this practice critical. It’s vital to foster a positive relationship, even with employees who leave the organization when their positions are eliminated. Because of this new reality, businesses are beginning to think differently about how they treat and transition their employees. Those employees who leave an organization today, whether by choice or due to a layoff, may very likely become customers, partners or even boomerang employees. Businesses must consider their former and transitioning employees as alumni and continue to foster that relationship. This mindset must begin early in the employee life cycle and continue even after the employee has left the organization. Creating a culture based on loyalty, trust and mutual respect will ensure that when employees leave the organization they will be less likely to leave angry and resentful. In a best-case scenario, they may even be appreciative of the relationship. They will be more than former employees; they will be alumni – and brand ambassadors. www.RiseSmart.com 2 Building and Protecting the Employer Brand One of the biggest concerns among corporate executives today is that their companies have strong employer brands. To help ensure that the best people want to work for them, ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ restructuring and eliminating positions – events that put their brands at risk. In this era of ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ an employer brand. These days, when there is a layoff, the world knows quickly – even in real-time – that it’s happening and how it’s going. If the organization doesn’t treat its employees well during that layoff, the impacted employees – and perhaps some “staying” employees – are going to post their experiences on Glassdoor, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, creating the kinds of reviews that every HR leader dreads. How can organizations prevent this from happening? How can they create brand ambassadors out of their transitioning employees? How can they create a situation in which the reviews on social media sites show understanding, even appreciation? “I was disappointed to be one of the individuals impacted by the reorganization, but I understand the business decision and I’m appreciative of the support the company is providing me as I move forward.” www.RiseSmart.com 3 Five Ways to Create Brand Ambassadors At some point after a downsizing event, an organization will want to hire again, possibly soon. During a restructuring, it may mean eliminating positions while at the same time ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ continue to attract talent even as it is making those changes. The last thing the organization needs in this scenario is for the departing employees to publicly announce that they are displeased with the way their transitions were handled. How do managers build a high level of loyalty and trust in their workforces? We have ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ who will bolster brands and help position organizations for long-term success. www.RiseSmart.com 4 Creating Alumni: Build a Culture of Empowerment andTransparency When companies are clear about their goals – and transparency about those goals comes ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ feel more valued by the organization, and feel trusted. CEOs should be encouraged to hold regular all-hands meetings and to be truly transparent with employees regarding the state of the organization and his or her goals for the future. With this as a guide, the door is opened for managers to do the same. They can sit down with their own teams, be open and honest about their own goals, and have frank conversations about what they need from each team member in order for those goals to be achieved. Sales organizations are especially strong in this regard. The goals for heads of sales ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ and divide the responsibility for achieving them among the members of the team: “Here’s what you can do to help me.” Every department can take a lesson from the way sales communicates and sets goals. Managers can be asked to quantify: “This is what I want to accomplish this year, and this is how each of you can help me achieve that goal.” Employees are empowered to take ownership of their contributions. That opens doors for communication, gives all levels of employees a sense of responsibility for the success of the organization, and bolsters feelings of belonging. www.RiseSmart.com 5 Transparency, honesty, and responsibility all help employees feel trusted. And when employees feel trusted, they will be more likely to trust the decisions made in the name of the organization’s overall best interests. • Employees who trust are open and honest about what they need to accomplish the goals that management has set out to achieve. • Employees who trust – especially when they are not micromanaged – feel empowered to help reach shared goals. • Employees who trust are loyal to their managers and the organization while they work there and even afterward. ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ downsizing event, employees are more likely to understand the motivating factors that led to the decision. Even if they don’t like the situation, it is less likely that they will foster resentment and anger toward the organization – even when one of the eliminated positions is their own. After a downsizing event takes place, steps should be taken to ensure that employees who have not been impacted are brought up to speed and given the opportunity to ask questions and share concerns. CEOs should be encouraged to hold an all-hands meeting as soon as possible after the event to make sure that the message is consistent across the organization. This will continue to foster that trust has been built. www.RiseSmart.com 6 Creating Alumni: Facilitate Mobility Alerting employees to opportunities within the organization improves retention and builds employee loyalty. This practice helps employees feel like the organization truly cares about them and their career development. Fostering internal mobility allows teams to communicate and collaborate more effectively. By increasing the knowledge base of one employee, management also increases the knowledge base of the team to which that employee belongs--which increases the knowledge base of the organization as a whole. One way to begin facilitating mobility in a simple, nonthreatening way is to encourage ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ communicate with co-workers outside their teams. Employees should be encouraged to engage with others across team lines and should know when there are opportunities that might give them a chance to learn something new. It’s possible to create simple ways for employees to access open positions within the organization. Managers may want to conduct a review of policies around employees pursuing new ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ opportunities internally that employees feel it is simply easier to leave the company. An inability to facilitate internal mobility can cost employers dearly – from six to 24 months of the employee’s salary, according to various estimates. www.RiseSmart.com 7 Internal mobility is an important aspect of career management; and having a formal career management solution in place sends a clear message to employees: “We know that career development is important to you and therefore it is important to us.” Career management programs give the leadership insights into which employees are interested in making moves--which gives management the ability to entice talent to stay with the company while shedding light on the skills and knowledge that already exist within the organization. In a restructuring scenario, having a complete understanding of the knowledge base and skill sets of all employees can help management redeploy individuals into open positions where their skills are a match. Having a strong internal mobility program in place leads to strong redeployment decisions and can result in fewer layoffs than would have been necessary otherwise. This reduces expenses related to severance, recruiting and training, while preserving morale. www.RiseSmart.com 8 Creating Alumni: Prioritize Redeployment Before and During a Restructuring Event When a large organization restructures, it can eliminate positions in one division at the same time it hires in another. But because various parts of such an organization can operate in silos, a division that is hiring may not be aware that, on the other side of the company, there are talented people now available for key positions. Taking those people whose positions are being eliminated from one part of the company and placing them in the open positions in another area reduces both severance and recruiting costs. Making those money-saving – and potentially career-saving – transitions happen requires that an organization review the talent pool company-wide to make certain that people are in the right jobs. As the need for a restructuring nears, that data can be used to help redeploy top performers into positions where the organization has greater needs. www.RiseSmart.com 9 Of course, it is best if decisions about restructuring are made before layoffs; however, as they are happening, it is important to educate employees about open positions in other areas of the company and to encourage employees to pursue them. Some organizations require employees to have a certain score on their most recent performance review to be considered for redeployment. At other companies, everyone who has been laid off is given a list of open jobs or encouraged to pursue open jobs within the organization. A key consideration in redeployment is when to involve the employee in the process as ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ the conversations often have to wait, the information-gathering should begin as soon as possible and continue on an ongoing basis. www.RiseSmart.com 10 Creating Alumni: Communicate Authentically During the Event ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ employee’s feelings in mind. They need to deliver the news quickly but with compassion, and they need to be compassionate without commiserating. Any manager who must inform an employee about the elimination of his or her position should be trained in how to deliver the message tactfully while also presenting the business case for the decision. Transitioning employees should be given room to absorb this information, and then their manager should verbally communicate all of the information that they require regarding next steps. A packet of paper should be considered a supplement, not a replacement for communication. www.RiseSmart.com 11 Some organizations have moved away from one-on-one conversations. In one large downsizing event, employees were told their positions were being eliminated and also given a packet with basic information. Included in it was notice of an all-day information ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ 401(k) rollovers. Not every company can rent out a hotel conference room, but this was a great example of clearly and continually communicating to people about how they were going to be supported during their transition. In this particular case, instead of venting anger at the company, employees said things like, “While I’m obviously very disappointed that my job was eliminated, I understand why it happened, and if it had to happen, they certainly are doing everything they can to take care of us.” It is that kind of attitude that makes for loyal alumni, brand advocates, and good word of mouth. Every company should strive to foster this response in employees who are leaving their organization. www.RiseSmart.com 12 Creating Alumni: Provide Assistance in theTransition At many companies, management works hard to build loyalty in employees. That is loyalty that needs to be preserved even during reductions in the workforce. Employees whose positions are being eliminated should be treated with dignity and respect. Whenever possible, they should be provided assistance with the transition, ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ for new roles. They deserve an outplacement program that will be valuable and effective in facilitating a smooth and quick transition. ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ for rehire, and if there may be a need for certain kinds of skills in the future. They should be encouraged to keep in touch as well as be provided with a way to access open positions. Keeping that door open can go a long way towards preserving loyalty, protecting the employer brand, and keeping the company’s talent pipeline full of quality job candidates. www.RiseSmart.com 13 Before planning a reduction in force, it is important to make certain that the organization’s ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ organization. The solution should be laser-focused on today’s job market and provide services that focus ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ opportunities as quickly as possible. This goal can be accomplished through a proactive coaching program, technology that connects employees to new opportunities, and services that help employees brand themselves appropriately. This includes a new resume and help with networking and social media. ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ changed, and it’s important to have a transition solution that can help employees through that process. Employees in transition care about one thing: a new job. An outplacement solution should as well. Providers should be focused on results and proud of the results that they achieve. www.RiseSmart.com 14 ▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯▯ an organization need to engage in a reduction in force, that reduction can be undertaken with the knowledge that the brand will emerge undiminished. Building an organization of loyal, trusting employees takes time and commitment. But that investment pays tangible dividends. Among them are former employees who consider themselves alumni and act as brand ambassadors. About RiseSmart RiseSmart is a leader in enterprise career management solutions that drive employee engagement, improve retention, and burnish employer brands. Through its employee-centric career-management platform, RiseSmart Compass, and its results-oriented outplacement solution, RiseSmart Transition, RiseSmart helps high-performing organizations successfully cultivate passionate, engaged employees and loyal alumni ambassadors. www.RiseSmart.com 15
Are you sure you want to buy this material for
You're already Subscribed!
Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'